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Basel III looking tougher than expected

Felix Salmon says that the international regulations on bank capital are looking pretty good, at least if you can trust a report in Die Zeit: They start with a bare minimum Tier 1 capital requirement of 6%; that’s a substantial...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 7, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Al Franken: The rating agencies had 'a reason to be stupid'

Sen. Al Franken's mostly kept a low-profile in the Senate. But he's recently announced his intention to bring a major amendment reshaping the rating agency business to the financial-regulation bill. Joining him as co-sponsors are Sens. Bill Nelson and Chuck...

By Ezra Klein  |  May 7, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Explaining FinReg: The rating agencies

Imagine a school with three teachers. But this isn't a public school. It's a private school testing out an innovative new funding system: The kids write the tests, fill them out and then pay the teachers to grade them....

By Ezra Klein  |  May 6, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Explaining FinReg: Fannie and Freddie

The right way to think about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is to think about the widespread availability -- at least before the crisis -- of 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages with no prepayment penalty. That is not a financial product that...

By Ezra Klein  |  May 5, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Explaining FinReg: Shadow bank runs, or the problem behind the problem

On June 20, 2007, Ben Bernanke said that the subprime crisis “will not affect the economy overall.” That wasn't a one-time slip: He'd also said that "the impact on the broader economy and financial markets of the problems in...

By Ezra Klein  |  April 26, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Explaining FinReg: Derivatives

I've been dreading this one. Derivatives are rough sledding. Explaining futures, options and swaps is the blogger's version of the Oregon Trail: It'll take months, and you'll probably lose most of your people along the way. Maybe to dysentery...

By Ezra Klein  |  April 22, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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